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Is *this* poll flawed?

Poll Results: Is this poll flawed?

This is a multiple choice poll
  • 35% of voters (19)
  • 14% of voters (8)
  • 16% of voters (9)
  • 9% of voters (5)
    Don't know
  • 24% of voters (13)
    Don't care
54 Total Votes  
post #1 of 15
Thread Starter 
Originally Posted by PhysicsMan
PS - There is a long standing joke on Epic that absolutely no one has ever constructed a poll without some major flaw, and folks take great pleasure at being the first to shout, "FLAWED" at the mere announcement of a poll. Not that I'm going to do it, of course, heh, heh ....
So, is it?
post #2 of 15

Yes, no, and maybe.

You have asked a Schrodingers cat style question. By choosing an option, I am declaring the poll valid. By not choosing an option, you won't know.
I therefore chose multiple conflicting answers, as this best answers the question with the most accurate version of inaccuracy.
So, if I can contradict myself with multiple answers, it is obviously flawed.
But given the question in the poll, then contradiction is defined by the requirement to answer in the positive.

Now, which of the goblets has Iocane powder in it. You choose, then we both drink.
post #3 of 15
Yes. It allows you to vote for more than one item.
post #4 of 15
Leave the Polish people alone.
post #5 of 15
I can clearly not choose the poll in front of me.
post #6 of 15
In my opinion it is the first not flawed poll ever
post #7 of 15
It depends on the "n" and power of the study to see what your P value looks like.

By the way..... Has this poll been approved by the Institutional Review Board for studies involving human subjects? .... And I'll need to see your paperwork for proof of HIPAA compliance and ethics training.
post #8 of 15
My 2 cents about all polls here being called flawed. Any poll where you attempt to make a useful inference about reality and in particular peoples' preferences must be a simplification of reality otherwise it is not useful to anyone. Since it is a simplification someone can always declare that it is flawed.

So, you must consider the purpose of the poll when it is written and decide how close it comes to achieving that objective in declaring flawed.

Suppose you could put a poll on this thread that had an uncountable continuum of choices to reflect reality (you can't, but suppose you could) it would be too much detail to make any useful inference.

Again, just my two cents...........
post #9 of 15
The only thing *flawed* is the AMOUNT of polls of late. We can discuss topics without feeling line we are a Nielson Family. :
post #10 of 15
Originally Posted by Phil Pugliese
The only thing *flawed* is the AMOUNT of polls of late. We can discuss topics without feeling line we are a Nielson Family. :
The only Nielsons I can think of are Lesley and Brigitte (hey, are they related?) or are you thinking of someone else?
post #11 of 15
post #12 of 15
I voted for them all. Does that make me a John Kerry clone???? Or is that a clown?
post #13 of 15
Thread Starter 
Dammit - who moved my poll - you spoiled the punchline

The flaw was, of course, that it was in the wrong forum...

Now it's perfect <smug grin>
post #14 of 15
A poll is not a poll when the participants self-select.

Having established that the poll is invalid, let's now discuss the results....

This describes about 99% of the polls we see these days. I know that from a pole.
post #15 of 15
You fell victim to one of the classic blunders. The most famous is "Never get involved in a land war in Asia." But only slightly less well known is this: "Never go in against a Sicilian when death is on the line."
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